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Blue Reincarnation Narcissus painting by Jaisini
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Blue Reincarnation Narcissus painting by Jaisini

The theme of Narcissus in Jaisini's "Blue..." may be paralleled with the

problem of the two-sexes-in-one, unable to reproduce and, therefore,

destined to the Narcissus-like end. Meanwhile, the Narcissus legend lasts.

In the myth of Narcissus a youth gazes into the pool. As the story goes,

Narcissus came to the spring or the pool and when his form was seen by

him in the water, he drowned among the water nymphs because he

desired to make love to his own image. Maybe the new Narcissus, as i

in "Blue Reincarnation," is destined to survive by simply changing his role

from a passive man to an aggressive woman and so on. To this can be

added that, eventually, a man creates a woman whom he loves out of

himself or a woman creates a man and loves her own image but in the

male form. The theme of narcissism recreates the 'lost object of desire.

"Blue" also raises the problem of conflating ideal actual and the issue of

the feminine manhood and masculine femininity. There is another story

about Narcissus' fall, which said that he had a twin sister and they were

exactly alike in appearance.Narcissus fell in love with his sister and, when

the girl died, would go to the spring finding some relief for his love in

imagining that he saw not his own reflection but the likeness of his sister.

"Blue" creates a remarkable and complex psychopathology of the lost, the

desired, and the imagined. Instead of the self, Narcissus loves and

becomes a heterogeneous sublimation of the self. Unlike the Roman

paintings of Narcissus, which show him alone with his reflection by the

pool, the key dynamic in Jaisini's "Blue" is the circulation of the legend

that does not end and is reincarnated in transformation when

autoeroticism is not permanent and is not single by definition. In "Blue,"

we risk being lost in the double reflection of a mirror and never being able

to define on which side of the mirror Narcissus is. The picture's color is not

a true color of spring water. This kind of color is a perception of a deep-

seated human belief in the concept of eternity, the rich saturated

cobalt blue. The ultra hot, hyperreal red color of the figure of Narcissus is

not supposed to be balanced in the milieu of the radical blue. Jaisini

realizes the harmony in the most exotic color combination. While looking

at "Blue," we can recall the spectacular color of night sky deranged by a

vision of some fierce fireball. The disturbance of colors creates some

powerful and awe-inspiring beauty. In the picture's background, we find

the animals' silhouettes, which could be a memory reflection or dream

fragments. In the story, Narcissus has been hunting - an activity that was

itself a figure for sexual desire in antiquity. Captivated by his own beauty,

the hunter sheds a radiance that, one presumes, reflects to haunt and

foster his desire. The flaming color of the picture's Narcissus alludes to the

erotic implications of the story and its unresolved problem of the one who

desires himself and is trapped in the erotic delirium. The concept can be

applied to an ontological difference between the artist's imitations and

their objects. In effect, Jaisini's Narcissus could epitomize artistic

aspiration to control levels of reality and imagination, to align the

competition of art and life, of image with imaginable prototype.

Jaisini's "Blue" is a unique work that adjoins reflection to reality without

any instrumentality. "Blue" is a single composition that depicts the reality

and its immediate reflection. Jaisini builds the dynamics of desire between

Narcissus and his reflection-of-the-opposite by giving him the signs of

both sexes, but not for the purpose of creating a hermaphrodite. The case

of multiple deceptions in "Blue" seems to be vital to the cycle of desire.

Somehow it reminds one of the fates of the artists and their desperate

attempts to evoke and invent the nonexistent. "Blue" is a completely alien

picture to Jaisini's "Reincarnation" series. The pictures of this series are

painted on a plain ground of canvas that produces the effect of free space

filled with air. "Blue," to the contrary, is reminiscent of an underwater lack

of air; the symbolism of this picture's texture and color contributes to the

mirage of reincarnation.

By Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb New York 2003, Text Copyright: Yustas Kotz-

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The Art of Paul Jaisini by Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb